Before Ken McNickle became the runner-up on Season 33 of Survivor, he was a man on a mission to help the homeless community through compassion.
It all started when Ken started bringing leftovers home from work and stopping to give them to the homeless. After realizing that there was a need to bridge a gap between society and the homeless community, the idea for HumaneKind came to life.
“I realized in these engagements that people seemed as thankful for conversation as they did the material goods or food.” Ken explained.
As a nonprofit, HumaneKind’s mission is to inspire people to drop their judgments and assumptions of the homeless and open themselves up to people different from them. After those connections are established, HumaneKind offers support however needed in order to help break down the social barriers.
“To me, compassion is what comes to the surface when judgments are pushed aside,” Ken said. “It means being willing to see another person for who they really are, beyond the surface.”
Why They Are Crowdfunding
Throughout the year, HumaneKind hosts different events in Denver, Colorado to help bring communities together and connect people from different walks of life. Ken and his community have started crowdfunding for a Mobile Donation Center to bring clothing and essential needs to the homeless. So far, their YouCaring fundraiser has raised almost $5,000. With YouCaring’s zero platform fee policy, nonprofits like Ken’s are able to keep more of the funds raised in order to support their cause.
“I love that YouCaring seems to be operating more as a platform to help organizations like HumaneKind and less as a business using this market as a way to capitalize financially off of something socially popular now [such as online fundraising].” Ken explained.
How They Are Growing
As the nonprofit and movement grow, HumaneKind is taking steps to partner with organizations like Starbucks, Goodwill, LaMar’s Donuts as well as other local Denver businesses. With the help and support from these organizations, Ken and his volunteers can implement more creative projects and expand to other cities across the United States.
“The most inspiring aspect of this journey is the numerous glimpses I’ve had into so many souls.” Ken said. “When you stop and truly listen to another and really see them, it’s one of the more beautiful things we as human beings can experience.”
If you or your nonprofit is looking to make a difference through compassion, launch your free YouCaring fundraiser today.